December 10, 2019

Washington Nationals Spring Training: Nats tie Astros

The Washington Nationals got some production out of the middle of their opening day batting order but the Houston Astros put together a late rally to force a 6-6 at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida. The teams declined to play extra innings.

The Nats put together a three-run third inning behind RBIs by Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, all with two outs. Tony Gwynn Jr got the rally started with a single to right. Ian Desmond followed with a walk from Scott Feldman.

Harper then delivered a line-drive double to right to plate both runners. Zimmerman’s looping single to right plated Harper.

The Nats got two more in the sixth. Wilson Ramos led off against Roberto Hernandez with a single to left. Emmanuel Burriss pinch-ran. Burriss stole second, then Dan Uggla drew a walk and cutter Dykstra ran for him.

Kila Ka’aihue singled to right to score Burriss, then after Kevin Frandsen struck out, Mike Carp singled to load the bases. After a visit by the Astros pitching coach, Rafael Bautista grounded into a force out, but Dykstra scored.

Ian Stewart added to the total with a bomb to left field for his first spring homer.

Houston got two in the ninth inning off Nats reliever Scott McGregor. L.J. Hoes doubled with one out and Matt Duffy walked. Carlos Correa singled to load the bases. Jonathan Villar singled to score Hoes. Jon Singleton then smashed a liner off McGregor that carried to first base for the out and pinch-runner Joe Sclafani scored. McGregor stayed in the game and finished the inning uninjured.

NATS NOTES:

  • Doug Fister started and gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk, striking out two, in 2 1/3 innings.
  • Jerry Blevins followed and gave up an unearned run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings.
  • Sammy Solis, trying to resurrect his prospect status after several injury-filled seasons, pitched 3 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, striking out two.
  • All those unearned runs came courtesy of three errors, one each by Desmond, Frandsen and Blevins.
  • Gwynn was 2 for 3 with a run out of the leadoff spot in the order. Carp was 2 for 3.
About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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